Fact-based approach just doesn’t work on vaccinations

By: August 8th, 2011 Email This Post Print This Post

The facts aren’t enough to overcome the public’s increasing distrust of vaccination programs, according to “Addressing the vaccine confidence gap,” an article appearing in the August 6 Lancet:

“Public decision making related to vaccine acceptance is neither driven by scientific nor economic evidence alone, but is also driven by a mix of psychological, sociocultural, and political factors, all of which need to be understood and taken into account by policy and other decision makers.”

The article, which is available free but requires registration, calls for more research to understand ways to close the confidence gap.


And yet the JC expects us to be able to get all the HCWs vaccinated for influenza without it being mandatory. This is no surprise, having worked for 20 years to imrpove the acceptance. In Colorado ee have one very liberal city population (unnamed) that discourages vaccination and a health department that allows people to sign off on a form that routine childhood immunizations are against their personal belief. Thus, their children do not have to be immunized to attend school.

By Bruce Cunha on August 16th, 2011 at 9:27 am

We have to move away from focusing on influenza. All personnel that work in Healthcare should be required to be vaccinated against any vaccine preventable contagious disease prior to starting work.

Make it clear that if you want to go into health care, you are going to need to be vaccinated.

If a vaccine were found against MRSA would we allow HCW’s to opt out?


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